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What can be done to remove blackheads and dark spots on the face?


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Published At March 6, 2024
Reviewed AtMarch 6, 2024

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I am 23 years old and have dry skin. I have blackheads, dark spots, and dead cells in my face for the past three to four years. What could be the best treatment for me?

Thank you.


Thank you for stopping by!

I am here to provide expert opinion on your medical issues.

Based on the information you have provided, you may be experiencing issues with acne, hyperpigmentation, and dryness. I am suggesting a basic skincare routine that may help address these concerns.

1. Cleanse: Use a gentle cleanser to remove dirt, oil, and makeup from your skin. Avoid harsh or abrasive cleansers that can strip the skin of its natural oils and exacerbate dryness.

2. Exfoliate: Use a chemical exfoliant (e.g., glycolic acid, lactic acid) once or twice a week to help remove dead skin cells and improve skin texture. Be sure to follow the instructions on the product carefully and avoid over-exfoliating, as this can lead to irritation and dryness.

3. Treat: Apply a spot treatment (e.g., Benzoyl peroxide, Salicylic acid) to any active acne lesions. Be sure to follow the instructions on the product carefully and avoid applying the treatment to unaffected areas, as this can lead to dryness and irritation.

4. Moisturize: Use a moisturizer that is appropriate for your skin type (e.g., a thicker, more hydrating moisturizer for very dry skin) to help keep your skin hydrated and prevent further dryness. Look for ingredients like Hyaluronic acid, glycerin, or ceramides that can help attract and retain moisture in the skin.

5. Protect: Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or higher every day to help protect your skin from UV (ultraviolet) damage and prevent further hyperpigmentation. Reapply the sunscreen throughout the day as needed, especially if you are spending time outdoors or sweating heavily.

I hope this information will help you. Please revert in case of more queries.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Vandana Andrews
Dr. Vandana Andrews

General Practitioner

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